CP WELLAND INDUSTRIAL LEAD

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-MC MAIN LINE | EX-NYC MAIN LINE
EX-PC MAIN LINE | EX-CR WELLAND YARD LEAD & NORTH SPUR
EX-CN RUNNING RIGHTS
TR RUNNING RIGHTS
PARTIAL NON-EXISTENT TRACKAGE (MILE 0.0 TO 2.4)

Present timetable listing for this line:

CP ~ WELLAND INDUSTRIAL LEAD
SEPTEMBER 19, 1999 - PRESENT

MILE
End Of Steel2.4
Jct. with TR West Welland Spur2.5
King Street2.99
Plymouth Road3.28
Jct. with CP Page Hersey Spur3.5
Ontario Road
(Jct. with TR Canal Spur)
3.8

Traffic movement on this line:

     Rule 105 Territory - Not to exceed 15 mph on entire trackage.
     No trackage exists between Mile 0.0 and Mile 2.4.


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 0.0 (Jct. with CP Hamilton Subdivision) : Phillips Road, Wainfleet : The CP Welland Industrial Lead Switch was once located just west (north) of south siding switch Welland. The switch has since been removed from service since the mid 1990's. No CP trains use the CP Welland Industrial Lead to Welland anymore. CN did CP's work in Welland after the switch removal until September 1999 when Trillium took over.

     Mile 0.45 : Phillips Road, Wainfleet : Phillip's Road is located here, east of Phillip's Road on the CP Welland Industrial Lead, is the location of where the old Canada Southern trackage headed. This was the old line the Michigan Central, New York Central and Penn Central. The line has since been pulled up. This was double track through here at one time prior to the early 1970's. Closer to Welland, there was a short passing track for both the Westbound and eastbound mainline.

     Mile 1.9 : Broadway, Avenue, Welland : Broadway Avenue is located at the old mileage of 1.8, when the line did exist here. I once saw a CP Jigger here.

     Mile 2.5 (Jct. with CN West Welland Spur) : Prince Charles Drive, Welland : The TR West Welland Spur is located here. The CP Welland Industrial Lead ends about 1/4 mile west of the switch. beyond the End Of Steel was the old line as mentioned above. The TR West Welland Spur services Versuvius.

     Mile 2.78 (Welland Canal Bridge) : Canal Bank Street, Welland : Not listed on the timetable, is the old bridge over the old Welland Canal. It is located at mile 2.7. This is just east of where the TH&B connected, with running rights. The bridge 15 still stands these days.

     Mile 2.99 : King Street, Welland : King Street is one of Welland's main streets, which has traffic running between East Main Street to the north and Ontario Road to the south. By luck, I have only one photograph of CP with 8230 at King Street.

     Mile 3.28 : Plymouth Road, Welland : Plymouth Road runs between Lincoln Street and Ontario Road.

     Mile 3.4 (Jct. with CP Page Hersey Spur) : Plymouth Road, Welland : Again, not shown on the timetable, was the CP Page Hersey Spur. The CP Page Hersey Spur was only 0.35 miles in length to this intersection and on into the plant. I have seen the Dain City's CN GP9 here pulling cars out of Page Hersey. The CP Page Hersey Spur was torn out in June 2003.

     Mile 3.8 (Jct. with TR Canal Spur) : Ontario Road, Welland : At mile 4.0 is where the CP Welland Industrial Lead connects with the TR Canal Spur and continues to the south end of Dain Avenue. Dain Avenue is the south end of Plymouth Road. At the south end of Dain Avenue is the connection to the former Ucar Carbon Canada (Union Carbide) plant.


Operations on this line:

     The CP Welland Industrial Lead is what is left over of the main line of the Michigan Central, New York Central and Penn Central into the heart of Welland from the west end of the City of Welland. Once the Welland Canal Relocation Project began, this line was abandoned for mainline trains. Trains were re-routed down the present CP Hamilton Subdivision trackage to Brookfield and onto the present day CP Montrose Subdivision and across the bridge at Niagara Falls.
     When the CP Welland Industrial Lead was 'completely' original, it ran between a switch on the siding at CP Welland yard at mile 20.2 of the CP Hamilton Subdivision. A single diesel would head west from CP Welland to downtown Welland, sometimes crossing the bridge over the old Welland Canal (bridge 15), depending on the businesses that required servicing. CP also had access into Dain City to service John Deere, via CN's Canal Subdivision at the time. That was another reason for keeping the line open to join in with the CN Canal Subdivision back then. The line still connects to the same line but it is now Trillium's Canal Spur.
     My grandfather told me he saw the CP diesels service Versuvius (formerly Premier Refractories at the time) around 7 am during the week, located near the intersection of Prince Charles Drive and Lincoln Street.
     I believe until 1993 or 1994, CP serviced Welland industries of which they serviced. For approximately two years after discontinuing service to Welland, CP would leave rail cars on the line between Broadway Avenue and Phillips Road whenever they were not designated for any use at the time. Now that this line is gone from approximately 1/4 mile west of the CP West Welland Lead switch at mile 2.7, the track they leave the cars on is DW15 at the yard at CP Welland.
     CP trackage from their yard on Riverside Drive was torn up from the CP Welland Industrial Lead switch on the siding at Welland, to Phillips Road in 1996. During the weeks of May 1st to late May of 1997, the remaining eastbound line of the old CASO trackage and the a length of the CP Welland Industrial Lead was removed east of Phillips Road, across Broadway Avenue in Welland to 1/4 mile (as already mentioned) west of the TR West Welland Spur switch.
     Since the mid 1990's after CP left Welland, CN provided exclusive service until September 1999, when Trillium took over Vesuvius switching duties.
     The line is still owned by CP and maintenance of the track is still the responsibility of CP, as I have witness over the years CP track guy working on the line.
     When I began to railfan around CP Welland, back into the early 1990's, I can remember the odd railcar parked on the line just west of Phillips Road. I was told that a farmer had some deal or something with CP to leave cars there and unload them. That is why in the one photo at mile 0.45 looking west, there is an unloader device. Additionally, there is a photo at the same location looking east of a N&W car on it's own. Those are the cars I always saw there.      There used to be a yard on the old main line through Welland, before it became just an Industrial Lead. I don't know how many tracks there were but it was on the south side of the mainline. It led off of the main line just west of King St. and ran east, running short of WX tower. When the Welland Canal Relocation project took place, the mainline was abandoned for through trains and it was then used as a track into Welland to continue servicing industries. One of the tracks on bridge 15 over what is now the Recreational Canal was removed. This was the westbound main. On the east side of the Recreational canal, the main line was removed and most of the yard tracks in the yard east of King Street.
     What was then left in the ground after that was just two tracks east of the area of King Street. They were two of the former yard tracks. I have only seen one track in the ground as of 1991 crossing King Street. There was a switch on the east side of King Street to the south side that looked like there was the second remaining track. I remember years ago, possibly 1993 or so, seeing a CP railgang ripping out this second track. You can still see the second rail in the crossing at Plymouth Road.
     You can easily see where the mainline was, as there is a wide area of open area north of the present CP Welland Industrial Lead.
     These days, Trillium backs west on the CP Welland Industrial Lead over to the TR West Welland Spur to service Vesuvius.
     Since September 2009, Trillium uses this line to also gain access to the CP Lakeside Lead to service the Lakeside Steel plant at Ontario Road.

     To view photos of Bridge 15



     I found this video of on YouTube of Bridge 15 under water . Credit goes to Christopher Foisey.



Pictorial view of this line:

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     These photos are of the old MC/NYC/PC Main Line. The Welland Industrial Lead east of King Street is actually the old trackage of the yard at Welland. The main line was torn out when the canal was put in. This ground shows where the track used to be.

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Looking East
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     These photos are of the old MC/NYC/PC siding of of the Main Line that started someplace from the east side of the old station at King Street in Welland. The line headed east across King Street to a bumper west of Canalbank Street.

     This siding was located on the south side of the old MC/NYC/PC Mainline. At the time that fence on the left, in the eastward looking photos, was not there back then.

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Looking West
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